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  1. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I certainly would like to think so, since I’ve long been planning something conceptually similar (but different enough from your idea that we wouldn’t be competing - mine wouldn’t be road vehicles, and it’d also be from a license). I say go for it!
  2. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Good point! I suspect Lucasfilm may not have wanted to approve a set that comes across as a tacit dismissal of the fourth movie. I can’t know for sure, but I think if the project creator had included all four films rather than the so-called “trilogy”, it might have had a better chance in review. It’s not simply “nostalgia” behind those. They’re all enduringly popular, beloved stories - not on the level of Star Wars, obviously, but they’re more than just “retro” licenses. And Sesame Street is still a current show, for that matter. Home Alone seems to be regarded as something of a holiday classic by many. And putting aside the licensing entirely, the house is also one that can appeal to lots of City / Architecture fans, whether they’ve seen the film or not. Back in the earliest days, when it was still LEGO CUUSOO, they actually did give reasons why specific projects were declined. They quickly found they couldn’t continue doing that, though, for various reasons. Sometimes it might involve tipping their hand on something they were already working on internally that they weren’t ready to announce. Perhaps an outside company didn’t want to license its IP in that case, but they didn’t want to say that in case it trigger a flood of letters from fans to that other company demanding they reconsider, and wind up jeopardizing the chances of LEGO working with that company on other things in the future. Perhaps they couldn’t discuss the reason without revealing an existing licensing agreement’s terms that were meant to be confidential. Any of these scenarios would pose problems. And there are other reasons they might reject a project that might not be problems on their own to reveal, but if they did it would then mean they’d give reasons for declining some projects, but not give the reasons for others, and that too would be a problem. From the very beginnings of LEGO CUUSOO, they indicated it was sort of an experimental thing, and that various aspects of it were subject to revision as it went along and they learned what worked and what didn’t. No longer giving specific reasons why projects were declined was one of the very first changes made, and one I wouldn’t expect them to reverse.
  3. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I did. I’m not a particularly big fan of Home Alone myself, but I’m certainly aware of its enduring popularity, and its status as a perennial favorite and arguably classic. I honestly wasn’t too surprised by its approval - certainly not as much as I was by that of Seinfeld (not because of its own popularity, which is massive, but because of brand fit and all that). That’s just not feasible. Their teams can’t just compile a list of every one of the millions of IPS that exist in the universe and spend goodness knows how much time and money investigating each and every one to know in advance which ones are acceptable and which aren’t. It makes much more sense to wait until there’s a specific reason to look into the possibility of acquiring a particular license (said reason being that someone has proposed it on LEGO Ideas). And I know you said “these IPs... that come up multiple times”, but not all of those have. I don’t think there’s ever been a previous SpongeBob Squarepants project that’s made it to review, and I know there hasn’t been one for Indiana Jones - there have been prior IJ submissions on Ideas, but none that garnered 10k before this one. And we don’t know exactly why these were declined; it’s possible that other projects for these IPs might have been approved, just not these specific ones. Note that both of those IPs have previously existed as (apparently quite successful) licensed themes already. Similarly, all the other IPs you mention might still be feasible. As noted previously, Adventure Time had one project declined, and then a different project based on the same IP was approved a few years later. It might very well be that it’s entirely possible a Ratatouille Idea or a Futurama Idea can get through, and we just need the right one to come along. Who knows? Maybe the license just wasn’t available when the Ideas project was under consideration. Maybe LEGO wasn’t ready to do a large-ish Fiat set (whether as part of Ideas or not) at the earlier time. Maybe they were already planning the set we got and had to decline the Ideas submission for that reason. It could be anything.
  4. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    It really isn’t, since there are very clear differences between some of these ideas and the sets that came out. The early Adventure Time proposal you linked to and the set that was eventually released are both Adventure Time, using some of the same main characters, but are totally different - the declined idea uses minifigures for the characters and the focus of the build is Finn, Jake, and BMO’s treehouse, whereas the released set eschews the treehouse and any other structures entirely and instead focuses completely on larger-scale, brick-built versions of several AT characters. The proposed-and-declined Piano and the one that was recently released are both Pianos, but in wildly different scales, with entirely different levels of functionality; one is a wholly nonfunctional, tiny thing scaled for minifigures, while the other is a much larger, much more expensive set with movable individual keys, actual (app-based) music, motorization, etc. And in both of these cases, the sets they did release were still Ideas sets, anyway, so Ideas users still got credit and compensation for the released sets; it’s just different users from the ones who submitted these. With Doctor Who, the released set is much more like the declined proposal here - but it’s also an Ideas set, one whose submission was part of the very same batch as this one, and if they had accepted this one it would simply have meant declining the other one. They had two very similar projects that both featured a minifigure-scale TARDIS and accompanying minifigures of Doctor Who characters, at the same time, and they could only approve one of them. And all of the other examples are cases where they already had an existing license, which complicated things to the point that they eventually had to institute a new rule disallowing submissions from extant licensed themes anyway.
  5. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Isn’t someone else doing SpongeBob Squarepants sets, or has their license expired? It’s also worth noting the previous Avatar: The Last Airbender theme was a mere two sets (sort of the bare minimum number to qualify as a “theme”), whereas the SpongeBob Squarepants theme ran for six years and had over a dozen sets. I don’t know if the chances of a licensed LEGO Ideas proposal are affected by whether a previous theme LEGO produced from the property had a bunch of stuff done for it or not, but if nothing else, it’s clear that to whatever extent there “needs” to be LEGO material based on pop-culture entertainment properties, we “need” LEGO Avatar more badly than we do LEGO SpongeBob, and more of it, since the latter property already had far more stuff produced already than the former, and more recently as well.
  6. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I’m a little disappointed that only one (or possibly two) ideas were approved from such a huge field, but the Earth globe is a fine choice if there’s to be just one. It’s different from what’s been done before, and should make an attractive display item. The Music to Our Ears contest was great to see, and especially tough since no one submission could really represent the full breadth of human musical expression, but the Stratocaster comes about as close as any. I really liked a couple of the others, though, but the Strat will look great, I’m sure.
  7. Blondie-Wan

    Happy Birthday, LEGO Dimensions

    Happy fifth birthday, LEGO Dimensions. You may not be thriving, but you’re still great fun. Sorry this is so late; the way the days are now in the era of COVID-19, I lose track of dates easily.
  8. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Yeesh, that Porsche sticker is nuts. It’s insane to me that there are that many official 1x1 stickers. How many different sets do all of those come in? I knew the Voltron stickers were specifically intended to give builders a choice of whether to build the American or Japanese version by choosing whether to include the numbers for the individual lions. I would rather they’d printed those parts and included unprinted additional parts for that, but I know that’s a bit much to ask for.
  9. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    So did Shinkai 6500, Hayabusa, The Big Bang Theory, the Old Fishing Store, and Voltron (possibly among others I’m forgetting). Most of those also had printed elements, though, and plenty of them. And they’re just a fraction out of the dozens of sets the Ideas line has brought. A few of the others simply lack any decorated elements at all, but AFAICT, the solid majority of Ideas sets do have some deco’d parts for which they rely exclusively on printed pieces, with no stickers. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any sets (Ideas or otherwise) that use stickers for 1x1 tiles. Are there any? Usually, if a set has decoration on elements that small, they print those elements directly even if all the larger decorated elements use stickers, but there could be lots of stuff I don’t know about... They recently released a statement indicating there is some upper limit to the number of sets they’d approve at once and queue for production, but they don’t say exactly what it is (and it could be somewhat flexible, depending upon the size and complexity of the approved ideas). FWIW, there have been times when there have been several approved, announced sets all in the pipeline at once. They’ve also released sets just a month or so apart on numerous occasions, and most notably, in summer of 2014, they released the Ghostbusters Ectomobile on June 1st, and then exactly two months later released both the Exo Suit and the Research Institute together on the same day, August 1. Granted that those two were both smaller sets, of course...
  10. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I doubt that’d be an issue. Ideas sets tend to favor printed elements over stickers to begin with, and it’s also unusual for any sets (whether in the Ideas line or not) to use stickers for 1x1 elements.
  11. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Huh, I hadn’t been aware they actually said they got a 10k initial run; I remember folks like us talking about it here, but I was under the impression that was our best conjecture. I might well have missed something, though. At any rate, I certainly don’t know all the details of the inner workings of the Ideas program, but I’ve certainly gotten the impression that it’s grown substantially in various ways over the years, including the size of the production runs of the sets. Think about how limited the early CUUSOO sets were - Shinkai 6500 was limited exclusively to Japan. And the Curiosity Rover and Research Institute both appear to have two very short runs, each of which sold out in days or perhaps a week. Now, though, we have Ideas sets that stick around for over a year, some of them up to two years, and it’s not because it’s the same unsold stock just sitting around - some of them are clearly kept in production because they continue to sell well (I can personally attest from having worked at one of TLG’s experimental pop-up stores over the 2018 holiday season that the Saturn V set, released in late summer of 2017, continued to sell strongly more than a year later). The program has grown and expanded considerably in various ways since it began as LEGO CUUSOO back in 2008, and I’m absolutely sure that includes the sizes of the production runs (at least for some sets, though not necessarily all). But I’m afraid I don’t have hard numbers to back that up (and I imagine the only folks who do can’t share them!).
  12. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    But before the pandemic shook everything up, they’d still approve anywhere from zero to three projects in a single review and/or from a single batch, and it wasn’t always necessarily simply a matter of larger batches yielding more sets - they’ve approved nothing from a batch as large as 13 projects, and they’ve approved as many as three from a batch as small as six. It really just boils down to which projects they deem feasible, good brand fits, and good business-wise. They can conceivably approve a slew of projects at once and simply queue them up.
  13. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Hasan from the LEGO Ideas team posted yesterday:
  14. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The Second 2020 LEGO Ideas Review batch has now closed, but not before setting a new record of 35 supported p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶ product ideas. Remember those ancient times of several months ago, when we thought a batch of thirteen submissions was amazingly huge? Ah, we were so young... I’ve been making wrong predictions for years. I was so sure the Gingerbread House from a few years ago would be approved, and so sure The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t. And even all these years later, I’m astounded Seinfeld was approved as well. I’m not nearly as surprised by Home Alone, though, as I think it’s now considered sort of a perennial holiday favorite.